Mary Jane Robbins Wilkinson 

Published 5:00 am Saturday, May 11, 2024

Funeral services for Mary Jane Robbins Wilkinson, 91, will be held on Monday, May 13, 2024 at 2 p.m. at Vinton Methodist Church in Vinton, La., and burial will follow at the family plot in Nibletts Bluff Cemetery. The family will receive visitors at Vinton Methodist Church from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the time of the service. She passed away peacefully on May 9, 2024 after her long, courageous battle with Parkinson’s disease. 

She was born in St. Joseph, Mo. on Feb. 26, 1933 and raised in Platte City, Mo. She graduated from Platte City High School followed by working as a secretary.  She later met and married her husband, “Poochie,” following his military service; a relationship that would eventually last for 65 years. They established a home in Vinton, La. and she worked for Olin Corporation and then a housewife and mother. Later, she worked at Calcasieu Marine National Bank and then at Vinton High School before retiring. She was a member of Vinton Methodist Church and several civic groups. She enjoyed painting, arts and crafts, mastering Louisiana cooking, traveling, playing dominos and gardening in her flowerbeds. Above all else, she loved her family, her grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, who were the joy of her life.  

She was preceded in death by her parents, Chester Vincent Robbins and Blanche Marie Ivey Robbins; her husband, Samuel Melvin “Poochie” Wilkinson; infant daughter, Lucina Jane; her sisters, Polly Latham (Jerry) and Patsy Baber (John), and her brother, Chester “Robbie” Robbins. She is survived by her children, Deborah Jane McBride and husband, Randy, of Vinton, Samuel Vincent Wilkinson and wife, Denise, of Lake Charles, Scott Andrew Wilkinson and wife, Mitzi, of Carlyss; grandchildren, Scotty McBride, Cody McBride, Matthew Nichols, Hannah Foster, Tabetha Stanley and Bethany Wilkinson, as well as, several great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister-in-law and several nieces and nephews.

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In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Vinton Methodist Church, Vinton, La.